Yellow Mora is a South American hardwood that shares the forest with the rarest wood in the World, Snakewood, in Guyana and Suriname. It is a medium sized tree with heights reaching up to 90-120 ft. and diameters of 18 - 36”. The wood is very dense with a specific gravity that ranges from .80 to 1.0. Heartwood is a golden yellow/orange color with clearly defined light colored sapwood. A high luster is present on rift and quartersawn pieces due to strong interlocked grain. Good tonal properties exist in the quarter and rift sawn boards that would be suitable for ukuleles and other instruments. Although Mora is difficult to work and causes moderate blunting of tools, the high polish and beautiful luster make it worth the effort.
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